Monday, September 23, 2013
As great a TV show as Breaking Bad is, this blog post is NOT about the misguided attempts of a pathetic Chemistry teacher to provide for his struggling family by "cooking" and dealing crystal meth.
No, this post, called Breaking Bread, is about community. The kind of community that is so vital, yet sorely missing, in our organizations today.
First, some etymology. The word "company" means, when you break it down to its component word origins: com = with + pane = bread. Word origin experts have traced the word back to a meaning that should give us all pause: "One who eats bread with you."
So a Company should be a place where we share a meal. Where we feed and nourish one another.
If that is not too far-out for you, let's go a bit further.
If that is what a Company really means, then: Who are we when we go to work? We might think that we are guests at a meal, waiting to be served. But that would be a mistake.
No, we are stewards at a meal.
The Customer is the guest.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, as my father used to say. In other words, savor it. Ponder it. Let it dwell within you for awhile.
Because that is what we have lost. But it can be found again. And not only found, but reclaimed.
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Monday September 23, 2013